In this 1962 artist's concept , a proposed Nova rocket, shown at right, is compared to a Saturn C-1, left, and a Saturn C-5, center. The Marshall Space Flight Center directed studies of Nova configuration from 1960 to 1962 as a means of achieving a marned lunar landing with a direct flight to the Moon. Various configurations of the vehicle were examined, the largest being a five-stage vehicle using eight F-1 engines in the first stage. Although the program was effectively cancelled in 1962 when NASA planners selected the lunar-orbital rendezvous mode, the proposed F-1 engine was eventually used to propel the first stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle in the Apollo Program.
Mediatype imageCreator NASA/Marshall Space Flight CenterDate 4/1/1962Year 1962Insightuid nasaNAS~9~9~61829~165676Source http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/abstracts.php?p=1492Rights Public DomainWhat SaturnWhat MoonWhere Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)Identifier MSFC-9902050Addeddate 2009-11-19 00:29:45Publicdate 2009-11-19 00:36:25